Fifth-year senior Andrew Maxwell will be Michigan State's starting quarterback for Friday night's opener against Western Michigan.
Coach Mark Dantonio praised all four candidates for the job Tuesday, including sophomore Connor Cook and freshmen Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry.
All are listed as first-team quarterbacks, with their names separated by "OR" on the weekly depth chart. But Dantonio said he was giving Maxwell the start.
Maxwell started all 13 games as a junior and completed 234 of 446 passes (52.5 percent) for 2,606 yards and 13 touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions but just six in the last 25 halves of a disappointing 7-6 season.
Cook came on to direct a game-winning drive against TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.